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Ansel Adams once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. He then went one to write volumes about his photographs, and he would apparently talk about them to anyone who would listen. So much for pithy quotes. Since this is my blog, I will ignore Ansel Adams, and I will use this space to share the stories behind some of my favorite photographs: what I saw when I created the images, how the photos came to be, and why they are important to me. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process. If you like what you see here, please visit my photography website: RobertBurnsPhotography.com

Monday, July 5, 2010

Grand Canyon in Morning Light 7-15-07

The Golden Hour refers to the first hour and last hour of daylight. Also called the Magic Hour, this is the time of day when the sun is low in the sky, and its golden light can make even the most mundane subject extraordinary. In this photograph, taken about 15 minutes after sunrise, the Grand Canyon is illuminated by Magic Hour light. The side-lighting adds more texture to the rock formations, and the warm light results in a richer color palette. The canyon shadow creates a sense of depth. And the clouds, lit from below, make for a more dramatic sky. Canon 20D f/22 0.5sec. ISO 100 28-200mm lens @28mm 5:44AM To see a larger version of this photograph, click here.

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